11 days in Lapland, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in Lapland, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

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11 days in Lapland, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Akaslompolo
— 1 day
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 4th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then get curious at Pilke Science Centre, and finally look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi vacation maker website .

Washington DC, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in January, expect Rovaniemi to be cooler, temps between 16°F and 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Museums Parks
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa

1
night
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 6th (Sun), experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and finally get engrossed in the history at Samiland.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Levi route builder app .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Levi when traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with lows around -1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Wildlife Museums Tours
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Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

1
day
Akaslompolo

Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo day trip app .

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of 14°F and lows of -2°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Yllas Ski Resort
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Safaris
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, then examine the collection at Louhisaari Manor, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Brinkhall Manor, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, and then examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Turku itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Akaslompolo to Turku takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In January, Turku is a bit warmer than Akaslompolo - with highs of 27°F and lows of 17°F. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kauppakeskus Mylly, The Church of the Holy Cross, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Louhisaari Manor ©
Louhisaari Manor

3
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stop by Taiga Colors and then contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Helsinki tour planning app .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 26°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. You'll set off for home on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market

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